Author Archive: Karen Batra

Karen Batra

Karen Batra is Director of Food & Agriculture Communications, and has worked for BIO since 2008.   Having lived in the Washington, D.C. area for more than 20 years, Karen has worked for four major national trade associations specializing in communications and media relations, most recently at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

What Karen likes best about BIO, aside from her uber-talented colleagues, is working to promote a technology that truly helps to heal, feed and fuel the world.  In the food & ag sector, we aim to help farmers do what they do best – grow the most abundant, most affordable and safest food supply in the world.

Karen’s favorite biotech food is papaya, and her favorite genetically engineered animal is the spidey-goat.  Karen also has two Glofish, Redfish and Bluefish, who live with their non-biotech cousin, Peachy the Snail.

Latest Posts

GMOs and Infant Formula: What Parents Need to Know

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As part of the debate around the Oregon ballot initiative to require the labeling of any foods containing genetically modified ingredients (called GMOs), an Oregon paper ran an unfortunate article that misleads readers about the safety of infant formula. A noted opponent of biotechnology, the Center for Food Safety (CFS) tested formulas and found that some brands contained soy that was grown using biotechnology. Noted scientific expert Kevin Folta on the Illumination Blog says the Read More >

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GMO Policy in La La Land

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Urban Dictionary says the term “La La Land” often refers to Los Angeles or a state of mind that is out of touch with reality and focusing on frivolous endeavors.  Regarding policies around genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the term refers to both. The Los Angeles City Council voted this week to ban the sale and growth of seeds and plants bearing genetically modified organisms within city limits. While the law would be largely symbolic because Read More >

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What’s Your Food Day Story?  

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Many events celebrating food and agriculture are taking place around the world during the month of October. October 16 is World Food Day. This year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is using World Food Day to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers with its theme “Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the earth.” On October 17, eminent plant scientist, Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram, will be awarded the 2014 Read More >

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Cutting Through the Food Labeling Confusion

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There was a lot of media buzz around a Consumer Reports study released yesterday that shows confusion around foods labeled “natural.” We agree that food labels can be confusing.  And that’s why we are part of a coalition of farm-to-fork organizations that support a federal legislative solution that will protect consumers by eliminating confusion around food labels while advancing food safety. In addition to requiring federal standards for companies that want to voluntarily label their Read More >

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The Washington Post: Are Patents the Problem?

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Tamar Haspel, food columnist for the Washington Post, looks at the issue of seed patents in her October column: If you’re at the right party — a party populated by agriculture wonks — the issue of patenting living organisms might get more of a rise than either religion or politics, demonstrating both that patenting is a hot issue and that agriculture wonks aren’t much of a hit at parties (trust me on this one). A Read More >

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